Clinton School gets Hoffpauir as interim dean

The Academic Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas will serve as Acting Dean.

Susan Hoffpauir, professor and academic dean at the Clinton School, will lead the master’s program until a new dean is appointed, University of Arkansas system president Donald Bobbitt said on Wednesday.

“Dr. Hoffpauir has a wide range of experiences and an impressive list of academic and leadership accomplishments over the course of his career and is a natural fit to help lead this unique institution while our research is completed,” Bobbitt said in a statement.

She replaces James L. “Skip” Rutherford III, who announced his retirement in September 2020. Her retirement is effective June 30. Rutherford has been running UA Clinton School since 2006.

“In addition to thanking Dr Bobbitt for this wonderful opportunity and for entrusting me with the management of Clinton School in the meantime, I am grateful to have accepted the role that Dean Rutherford has so effectively designed over his many years. years of dedicated and thoughtful leadership here. “Hoffpauir said in a statement.

“While wishing him the best for his retirement, the Clinton School has a bright future and I am delighted to be a part of what lies ahead as we continue to work to fulfill our mission of educating and preparing professionals in the field. public service that will continue to make great change in the world. “

Hoffpauir, who was Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Academic Policy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, joined the Clinton School in 2011.

School officials said his accomplishments included leading a curriculum review and revision effort, conducting the school’s first self-study, and writing the 10-year curriculum review. required by the Arkansas Division of Higher Education.

She facilitated the planning and development of the new online public service masters program, which began in March 2018, and expanded the Clinton School’s community partnerships in Arkansas, nationally and internationally, said the UA System office in a press release.

Students at Clinton School work with these partners on projects related to program requirements. During Hoffpauir’s tenure, the school said, the Field Services Office put in place a curriculum policy and infrastructure that supports partnerships with 44 international host organizations on six continents.

At UALR, Hoffpauir led the institution’s regional accreditation review by the Higher Education Commission of the North Central Association, and she designed and implemented the Bachelor of Social Work program, which obtained full accreditation in 2005.

Hoffpauir, 63, has a bachelor’s degree in social protection from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She received a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. She later obtained a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology and a PhD. in Social Work and Social Sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

She will receive a salary increase of $ 4,000 per month for each month she holds the acting title, a spokesperson for UA System said.

Information on his regular salary was not available on Wednesday.

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